Natalie Burls named Sloan Fellow
AOES Assistant Professor Natalie Burls (top center in photo) was awarded a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Ocean Sciences. The 126 Research Fellows from oceanography, physics, and the other branches of science are chosen by the Sloan Foundation to “represent the most promising scientific researchers working today” whose “achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders.” Since 1955, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 43 Sloan Research Fellows, including ozone-hole pioneer Mario Molina and theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. The fellowship comes with a two-year, $60,000 stipend.
Originally from South Africa, Natalie Burls came to Mason in January 2015 following a postdoctoral position at Yale University. Her research investigates how the ocean and atmosphere interact to determine climate. Her work looks at both today’s climate and climate over the past five million years. In addition to her research, she teaches courses in the AOES department, including the “Gen-Ed” class CLIM 102 Introduction to Global Climate Change Science (co-taught with Kathy Pegion). She is pictured here with Climate Dynamics PhD students in Great Falls Park.